I've tried my local off-licenses in Bath, but all gave me blank looks!
Very strange to try and compare them on a 'good and bad' scale with SMs. It's all about taste, and the variety itself makes the purchase of whiskies worthwhile, even if you find you don't particularly like them.
If I were to compare all whiskies and then only consider the one I liked best as being 'worth buying', I'd spend my whole life with just a bottle of Highland Park in the cabinet. How very dull.
Open your mind, is my answer. The one Japanese whisky I have so far (a Suntory 12-year-old vatted malt) is not my favourite, but it's very different from most of the SMs I've got. I also prefer it to to a number of them, such as Jura, Old Fettercairn and Bunahaibhan. My collection would be poorer without it!
I don't know if/where you can get Yoichi 12 y.o. in the UK (it's said to be quite different from the 10 y.o. but I haven't tasted that one yet myself); a friend of mine brought a bottle of 12 y.o. back from Japan for me ...
Good to see I'm not the only Japanese whisky dabbler!
Actually, I was a bit quick to respond to the last e-mail from Exil. Sorry Exil, I didn't read what you said properly. When it comes to comparing tastes with SMs, I'd struggle to relate my Suntory 12-Y-O to any particular region (as I say, it's a vatted malt, so no surprise there). To my taste, it's got a faint hint of liquorice. Not hugely smoky or peaty, though.
Perhaps my question seemed a little blunt, but I was in a hurry. Damn those lectures...
As I live in a region where Japanese whiskies are not locally available(meaning I would have to order them abroad, which would of course be a bit more expensive) and my budget is rather limited, it'd be helpful to know a bit more about the character of Japanese whiskies in general compared to SMS or Irish malt whiskies. I would expect them to be a bit lighter and less complex but that's just me.
And where inside European Union could one expect to find them? The Whisky Store and WhiskyNet did not have any Japanese whiskies, IIRC.
I tend to think I have an open mind and I do think every malt(at least malts I've sampled so far) is worth a try, but I'd hate to pay 50 euros for a bottle of Glen P...
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Well worth a go. Try the whiskey Exchange as they usually have a good selection.
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